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REVIEW: AOC G2460PQU 144Hz monitor

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aoc-g2460pqu-top.jpgreview-line.JPGName: AOC G2460PQU

Type: 24-inch high-speed refresh rate computer monitor

Specifications: Click here for full specs

Price as reviewed: £287.99

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Aimed at gamers after silky-smooth motion, the AOC G2460PQU offers super-fast refresh rates at full HD resolutions. Can its picture quality match its motion prowess? Read our full review to find out!

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When it comes to the design of a computer monitor, something that you may well end up staring at and using for thousands of hours, the more simple and functional the design, the better. The 24-inch AOC G2460PQU is very good in this respect; while it may not blow you away with an ultra-thin bezel or a design as striking as some of the fancier Samsung models, its tactile physical control buttons and adjustable stand (which offers roughly 5-inches of height adjustment, can tilt backwards and forwards and spin the screen around between landscape and portrait orientations) is flexible and user-friendly. Though its matte black plastic bezel and circular foot wont turn heads, it manages all the above without being too chunky, being 21mm at its thinnest point.
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The onscreen menu display is equally well considered, with options including the ability to tweak the image ratio (offering plenty of simulated sizes between 17-inch at 4:3 and the standard 24-inch at 16:9), a "Bright Frame" tool allowing you to independently control brightness on a specific portion of the screen, as well as the usual gamma, colour and brightness tweaking controls, which will be very handy as the out-of-the-box defaults leave a little to be desired as we'll detail in a moment.

In terms of ports, the AOC G2460PQU is well equipped, with an analogue D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort all housed on the underside. You'll also find four USB 2.0 ports on the monitor, two being situated on the right hand side and one of those being a fast-charging port for quickly juicing up your mobile devices. Stereo speakers also feature, but are no match for even a cheap set of dedicated speakers, while a headphone jack also onboard will likely get more use.
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Fire the screen up though and the key benefit of the AOC G2460PQU becomes immediately apparent. The 1920 x 1080 display supports 144Hz refresh rates, far smoother than the 60Hz standard that most monitors settle for. With a grey-to-grey 1ms response time, there's a fluidity to motion that can't be matched by a 60Hz screen. It's notable even when sliding windows around, but comes into its own when gaming - first person shooters in particular feel silky smooth, reducing blur on tight turns. However, the 144Hz refresh rates require compatible hardware to benefit from, such as a Mac Pro so make sure your gear is ready before handing over your cash. Likewise, despite the fast refresh rate, there's no 3D support here, so Nvidia 3D Vision fans need to look elsewhere.
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If the screen suffers anywhere, it's in image consistency and accuracy. Though its dynamic contrast is rated at 80,000,000:1, static image contrast is just 1000:1. Using a TN Panel rather than the superior IPS technology, darker shades can appear a little washed out and bolder colours muted. Digging around the OSD can yield improved results, though this is obviously a screen aimed at gamers rather than design professionals - attempting to calibrate the display to a standard fit for designers will likely prove fruitless. More concerning on broader user levels is the tight viewing angle - move off-centre just a tad and you'll note immediately variation in the screen's output.

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Though TN Panels always struggle to match the quality offered by IPS, the AOC G2460PQU's sensible industrial design and worthy motion chops make it a well priced monitor for gamers looking to get a silky-smooth playing experience.review-line.JPG

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asus-pq231-4k-monitor.jpg4K screens aren't purely the reserve of high-end home cinema fanatics - for the past few years they've been trickling into the upper echelons of PC usage too, courting the wallets of designers and owners of premium graphics cards demanding the highest resolutions for games.

Asus's latest ultra-resolution monitor, the Asus PQ231, is the sort of screen that dreams are made of.

An imposing 31.5-inches, it's running at 3840x2160 resolution, boasting 10-bit RGB "deep color" technology, LED backlighting, a 350cd/m² brightness rating, 8ms gray-to-gray reponse time, dual-HDMI ports and 176-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angle.

On top of all that, it's also the thinnest 4K UHD monitor on the market, measuring just 35mm at its thickest point.

Being showcased at Computex 2013 in Taipei, the PQ231 will hit US stores in June. No word on pricing or a UK release date yet, but we'll keep you posted. Asus will also be showing off a 39-inch version of the monitor too, so you better start reinforcing your computer desk along with your bank balance.

samsung-sc770-sc750-monitors.jpgSamsung have done pretty well so far to keep this year's big CES plans under wraps. But now less than a week to go until the 2013 exhibition opens its doors, the tech giants have revealed two new high-end monitors set to debut at the show.

A pair of new Series 7 monitors, the top-tier SC770 Touch Monitor has been optimised for Windows 8, being the first Samsung desktop monitor to offer multitouch controls.

Offering ten points of simultaneous contact, the SC770 measures 24 inches corner to corner, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a contrast ratio of 5000:1. The SC770 will also house built-in speakers.

The second monitor, the SC750, lacks the multitouch controls, but shares the SC770's 1080p HD resolution and 5000:1 contrast ratio. Slightly larger at 27-inches, the SC750 also features a pivoting stand that lets the user swap between portrait and landscape screen orientations. Those looking to grab the SC750 will have to purchase their own speakers, as they do not come built in as they do with the SC770.

No pricing has been revealed for the two monitors yet, though Samsung have stated that each will be available during the first quarter of 2013. Both Series 7 monitors will also be on show at next week's CES 2013 exhibition.

Do you use a touchscreen monitor? Is it paired with Windows 8? Do you find it comfortable to use, and will you be considering grabbing one of these Samsung monitors when they become available? Let us know in the comments section below!

lg-ea93-monitor-wide.jpgLG have released the LG EA93, the first computer monitor to have a super-wide 21:9 ratio.

A 29-inch screen running at 2560x1080 resolution, it gives the user the option of having either a super-wide desktop, or to split the screen into as many as four separate virtual displays.

Using this system and Dual Link up technology, the screen can be used to hook up to two devices at once, removing the unsightly bezel split that mars conventional dual screen set ups.

First spotted at IFA 2012, the LG EA93 monitor also offers 100 percent of the sRGB color space and is hardware-colour-calibration ready, ideal for creative professionals who depend on the colour accuracy of their screens.

Ports include a DVI-D Dual x1, two HMDI ports(MHL x1), 4x USB 3.0, Display Port x1, PC Audio In, and Headphone Out.

"The cinematic proportions, diverse color range and all-around functionality of the UltraWide Monitor clearly demonstrate an ongoing commitment to innovation," said J.J. Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit at the LG Home Entertainment Company.

Launching early this month in Korean first, a global roll out will follow in the weeks to come.

LG are getting in the Halloween "trick or treat" spirit of the season with this awesomely mean prank, using their IPS Displays to scare the life out of some office workers.

The South Korean company installed their screens into a modified elevator's floor, running a video beneath its passenger's feet to make them believe they were about to fall to their death as the base of the lift crumbled beneath them.

Being an advert, there's no guaranteeing those who got "punk'd" aren't actors, but there's no denying that would be a pretty terrifying experience. Well played, LG, well played.

As well as showing how realistic their displays are, it's also not a bad advert for showing the durability of the screens; there's a fair few scaredy-cat jumps going on on top of those panels!

Check it all out in the video above.

viewsonic-vsd220-android-displayIs it an oversized, desktop Android tablet? Or a touchscreen PC with Android smarts? Or something new altogether? We're not entirely sure, but ViewSonic's freshly revealed VSD220 screen has certainly caught our attention.

A 22-inch touchscreen all-in-one computer, ViewSonic's VSD220 sidesteps Windows 8 in favour of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Fully Google certified, it'll come complete with all the usual Android apps like YouTube, Gmail and Maps, as well as full access to the Google Play Store to download more apps from.

The screen itself runs at full HD 1920x1080 resolution, and is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor.

Though full specifications have yet to be revealed, the VSD220 will come complete with a host of ports and connectivity options, including micro HDMI, 3x USB ports, microSD, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth. There's also a 1.3 MP webcam built into the chassis for video calling, and SRS speakers, though no mention of how much storage space is onboard.

"For consumers, the VSD220 is perfect for surfing the web, engaging on social networks and enjoying a world of Android apps", says Mark Lufkin, managing director of ViewSonic Europe.

With Ice Cream Sandwich fully supporting external peripherals such as mice, keyboards and hard drives, you're looking at essentially a desktop computer here, albeit one based on Android rather than Windows. It's an interesting concept and one we're keen to have some extended time with.

If you're as intrigued as we are, you can grab the VDS220 for £359 from mid-October.

ezio-foris-fs2333.jpgSurely this is cheating, right? The latest Foris FS2333 gaming monitor from Ezio uses software wizardry to help you spot enemies hiding in the shadowy corners of your favourite games.

The 23-inch, 1080p Full HD screen uses three separate imaging technologies to give you the edge over the competition, allowing you a little more visibility in darkened corners of the game world through "Smart Insight, Smart Resolution and Smart Detection". It does all this without washing out the contrast ratio too apparently, adjusting for blur and sharpening the focus on foes at the same time too. You'll never have to eat a carrot again.

In terms of connections, you'll be getting DVI-D, D-Sub, HDMI (x2), audio I / O and a remote control.

Additional features include:

250 cd/m2 brightness and 5000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
Five preset modes - Cinema, Paper, sRGB, Game, Eco - and two user adjustable modes.
Dual 0.5 watt internal speakers.
Red, blue, and gray color stripes included for affixing to the front of the monitor.
Auto EcoView brightness sensor that reads the ambient lighting and adjusts the screen's brightness to the ideal level.

Shipping In July (pricing yet to be confirmed), Black Ops units should start re-kitting out their squads with day-glo uniforms now.

lg-3d-tv-monitor.jpgLG have today revealed a new line of TV's that can also be used as a computer monitor, offering picture-in-picture settings that let you watch Freeview broadcasts while working away on your desktop at the same time on a single screen.

The two displays, the LG DM2752 and M2752, are both 24-inches in size. The main differentiator is that the DM2752 also has 3D capabilities, letting the user don pair of shades to see 3D content both in TV mode and PC mode.
lg-3d-tv-monitor-2.pngEach screen houses two HDMI ports, allowing games consoles and Freeview boxes to be hooked up simultaneously, making use of In-Plane Switching (IPS) panels for improved colour accuracy and a wide 178-degree viewing angle.

While the LG M2752 is already available throughout Europe we're still waiting on UK pricing from LG. The LG DM2752 will follow soon after in July.

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Following yesterday's unveiling of their high-end audio products headed to CES 2012, Samsung have now given a glimpse of their PC peripheral range, showing off both a new 27-inch Series 9 monitor and Series 7 Smart Station.

Featuring the same "paper-curve" design as previous models in the range, the Series 9 monitor will run at 2560 x 1440 (quad-HD) on a Plane Line Switching panel (PLS). An edge-to-edge display using anti-glare glass, it sits on an adjustable aluminium stand that also houses USB, DisplayPort, dual-link DVI, and HDMI connectors.

A 7 watt speaker is also built in, alongside Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) connectivity for compatible smartphone devices.

"Interest in user-generated content and a premium computing experience is growing as consumers are demanding products that allow them to better view, edit and share their photos, videos and entertainment content," said Samsung UK's Neil Sawyer.

"The new Series 9 monitor, with Samsung's exclusive Natural Colour Expert technology, answers the need for higher resolution and meticulous detail editing, regardless of the job," added Sawyer.

"Its unique minimalist design draws users in for truly immersive computing and delivers Samsung's signature best-in-class viewing experience."

No UK pricing yet, but expect to pay $1,199.99 for the privilege of owning the display when it launches in the US in March.

Moving on to the Series 7 Smart Station, it's of a similar ilk to Samsung's Central Station product line. An all-in-one Wireless USB monitor with hub, it runs at full-HD 1080p resolution with a LED backlighting and a HDMI port.

Integrated speakers are joined in the new HDTV monitor by dual HDMI inputs for video sources like Blu-ray players, as well as a built-in TV tuner, WiDi and VGA port.

The Smart Station and HDTV monitor have prices starting at $549 and $599 respectively, with 27 and 24-inch models to be available. They too will be out in March.

aoc-portable-monitor.jpgAOCs 16 inch monitor doesn't look all that impressive at first glance.

A dimunitive TFT screen running at 1366x768 resolution, it doesn't boast the viewing angles of an IPS display, nor the high resolutions.

It's strong USP however is that fact that it is both powered by and receives video signals from a USB port alone.

Portable at just 2.3lbs, you wont need to lug an extra power supply around with you, nor VGA/HDMI cables, with AOC promising that the power draw won't totally batter your laptop battery instantaneously.

With a fold away, swivelling kick-stand, it's also reasonably affordable at just $139.

It's a smart idea, showing just how energy efficient modern flat panels can be tuned to be. That said though, we're not wholly convinced there's a space in the market for the device. Plenty of smaller netbooks already have resolutions as high as 1366x768, so there's little benefit over the actual display size in that regards.

Perhaps as a secondary display for a tablet packing a full size USB? Or, if in the unlikely case it's compatible, as a portable display for a Xbox 360 or PS3 console? Scroll down for the full specs:

+ Panel Type: LED
+ Widescreen 16:09
+ Screen Size: 15.6"w
+ Viewable Image Size: 395 mm
+ Brightness (typical): 250cd
+ Contrast ratio (typical): 50,000,000:1
+ Response Time: 5ms
+ Max. Resolution: 1366x768 @60Hz
+ Input Signal: 1 USB
+ HDCP Compatible: No
+ Special Features: USB Powered

Via: Engadget

All the major display manufacturers are clamouring away to be the first to produce a convincing glasses-free 3D display, but the only company showing any real innovation in the area at this year's IFA conference was LG.

They were showing off the LG D2500N glasses-free 3D monitor. A full-HD display, it managed well to give the impression of 3D space from the flatscreen, with little flicker and only marginal blurring on the 25-inch screen.

It manages this by popping a head-tracking webcam in the top of the monitor's bezel, which then tells the display to adjust the 3D image to better suit your positioning.

It worked great, and more exciting is the fact that LG are planning big screen TV versions, capable of tracking multiple people at once, in the near future.

Hit the video above for more info.

REVIEW: ViewSonic V3D245 3D monitor

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Name: ViewSonic V3D245

Type: 3D monitor with built-in Nvidia 3D Vision

Specs: Click here for full specs

Price: $599 (£368) from Amazon


review-line.JPGLike it or loathe it, it seems 3D is here to stay, be that on your living room TV, your local cinema screen or even in your pocket on a mobile device. 3D's near-imminent ubiquity even extends to the office, with 3D an increasingly common feature of the latest PC monitors. Just like all other 3D gadgets though, 3D monitors can be a pain to set up with multiple compatible devices needed, as well as needing a fair amount of cash to being with. ViewSonic's latest offering, theV3D245, aims at both affordability and ease of use with it's built in Nvidia 3D Vision transmitter and accompanying glasses. But is it any good? Read on to find out.
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Though we're not fans of a glossy, fingerprint-harbouring chassis when it comes to monitors (especially ones that use touch-sensitive controls) the ViewSonic V3D245 doesn't look half bad, with its angular base and row of touch buttons on the monitor's lower left side. A 24-inch monitor, you're getting roughly a 23.6" visible screen. Set up is a breeze thanks to the refreshingly simple slide-in base, locking with an underside key. However, those looking for manoeuvrability beyond a little tilt will be disappointed. The screen is wall mountable though, which is still a rare feature for what, despite its bells and whistles, remains essentially a PC monitor.

Regardless of its 3D smarts, the screen stays relatively slim at 2.2" thick (not including the stand), thanks to its exterior brick battery. Input connections are solid; you get DVI (Dual Link), VGA, Audio In and Audio Out ports, as well as a single HDMI 1.4a port. We'd have liked an extra HDMI port, which would have been particularly handy for those looking to hook up a games console or two to the display as well as a PC. The monitor also has 2-watt stereo speakers built in, which of course don't offer too much bassy grunt, but are perfectly serviceable thanks to SRS Premium Sound tech.

While ViewSonic's OSD is clear and self explanatory (if visually basic), using the touch buttons to tweak settings is a chore. They'd sometimes fail to register our fingers, and though we're all for slick clean lines in design, here's one case where we'd rather had physical buttons to push.

Maxing out at a Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080), the V3D245 is a solid performer with 2D imagery, with crisp text and graphics throughout. Though the claimed 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio is ridiculously ambitious, that's not to say that black levels are in any way poor. Blacks are inky and detailed, with the LED backlight evenly distributing light. Colours were bold too, but erred a little on the saturated side without a bit of tweaking. Viewing angles horizontally are perfectly reasonable, though dim noticeably long before the 170º angle ViewSonic claim. Vertical viewing angles are less effective, though this is unlikely to cause much concern in the majority of usage scenarios.

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Billed in many ways as a gaming screen, pro Call of Duty fans will have the words "120Hz refresh rate" and "2ms response time" ring out like music to their ears. Movement is smooth and free of flicker and tearing, which is great for those long frag matches, and has obvious benefits for the V3D245's headline feature, 3D content.

And, thankfully, ViewSonic's 3D here delivers in spades. After a clumsy start with wired 3D glasses on their previous V3D241wm model, ViewSonic have made the sensible move of partnering with Nvidia and popping its 3D Vision tech right into the monitor itself.

Nvidia's 3D PC solution has been knocking around for a little while now, but their combination of comfortable wireless active shutter glasses (provided here with adjustable nose-bridge inserts and good for 60 hours of usage per USB charge) and flexible software makes it possibly the best example of 3D tech available right now, not least of all when it comes to 3D gaming. It requires a compatible Nvidia graphics card (GeForce 8800 GT or later; GeForce 9600 GT or later; all GeForce GTX 200 cards or GT300 Series, NVIDIA GTX400 Series or later if you're hooking up a HDMI 1.4a games console - we were using a GTX 560 Ti card), but is simple to set up, and more importantly, simple to tweak.

Using the Nvidia Control Panel software, you can adjust the intensity of the 3D effect, making it as eye-popping or subtle as you see fit. As the compatible Nvidia cards manipulate the way traditionally 2D games are displayed, a vast number of PC games can be played in 3D through the 3D Vision set-up with minimal fuss, even those that we're never intended to be played with an added dimension. It's engrossing and clear thanks to the quality of the panel, with minimal drops in brightness and hardly any noticeable flicker when the glasses are on. With HDMI 1.4a certification you'll also be able to play 3D games from a PS3, as well as 3D Blu-rays, each again offering equally, startlingly impressive 3D visuals.


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Verdict:

While its build is a little rough around the edges (those touch buttons annoy in particular), the simplicity of having Nvidia's 3D Vision tech so seamlessly integrated into the display is a joy. Superb in both 2D and 3D, the ViewSonic V3D245 will be more than enough for even the most demanding of 3D gamers.

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ViewSonic-V3D245.jpgNow here's a monitor to get PC gamers really excited. ViewSonic's latest V3D245 monitor not only has all the top specs you'd expect from a gaming monitor, but manages to squeeze in built-in support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision tech.

Rather than having to shell out for NVIDIA's 3D PC gaming tech separately, the V3D245 comes complete with both a 3D Vision transmitter and compatible 3D glasses, as well as the panel itself of course being 3D compatible. All you'll need is a compatible NVIDIA GeForce graphics card to go with it in your PC.

It impresses in it's more day-to-day specifications too. A 24 inch monitor, it has a 120Hz refresh rate and lightning-quick 2ms video response time, running at a max 1920x1080 full HD resolution.

HDMI 1.4 inputs are supported, with a 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 300 nits high brightness.

"This is the ultimate monitor for any gamer or just anyone playing around with 3D technology. It's a neat solution with the built in NVidia transmitter, that uses LED technology to bring better contrast ratios and significant power savings, but can then revert back to a high performance 2D monitor when required." says James Coulson European marketing manager, ViewSonic.

"Working with NVidia is paramount to making 3D emersion a reality and this product is proof of that."

Available in Europe from mid-to-late September for an ESP of £350/€399, this one should be riding high on PC gamers Christmas wish-lists.

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LG have today lifted the curtain on the LG DM50D monitor, a 3D screen that straddles the line between a PC display and a personal HDTV thanks to its DTV tuner, MPEG4, DVBC, DVBT support and HDMI inputs.

The 3D tech employed is passive, meaning no heavy, expensive, battery powered glasses are needed, and jsut a polarised pair as used in LG's Cinema 3D screens.

"Our consumer research showed that while interest in 3D monitors was high, there were certain misgivings about the cumbersome glasses, reported health concerns and lack of 3D content," said Si-hwan Park, vice president of the monitor division at LG's Home Entertainment Company.

"Through CINEMA 3D technology, the DM50D addresses all of these concerns, leaving users free to be completely immersed in the best quality 3D content and gaming on any monitor on the market today."

With "flicker free" certification and double the brightness of rival 3D monitors LG promise that the screeb should cut down on reports of "3D sickness", though you do have to wonder why anyone would opt for any sort of monitor that leads to any form of discomort.

Still, if 3D is a must for your computing needs, the LG DM50D hits UK stores in July.

series-9-monitor.jpgSamsung's Series 9 TA950 3D LED monitor, one of the stars of this year's CES 2011 conference, is now up for sale.

An incredibly stylish monitor, the TA950 design is apparently inspired by origami, leading to a screen which looks like a thin sheet of folded paper. It wowed the crowds and won Samsung the coveted "Innovation Design and Engineering" award at the show.

It's not just merely a looker though, with plenty of class leading features that would be worthy of you attention were it not already a jaw-droppingly chic bit of kit.

LED backlit, the 27-inch monitor uses around 40% less energy than traditional LCD displays, balancing out brightness depending on ambient lighting in the room.

With Samsung's excellent Smart Hub built in (as seen in their Smart TV HDTV range), you'll be able to download apps onto the monitor itself, giving you access to the likes of iPlayer and LoveFilm even if not connected to a PC. You'll also get access to Samsung's free-of-charge 3D Video On Demand service through the Smart Hub - handy considering the monitor's 3D credentials.

Two 7-watt built-in speakers round off the impressive package, supporting Dolby Digital, SRS TheaterSound HD, DTS 2.0 and 3D Sound.

w0261371_normal.jpgHANNspree's latest PC monitor, the LED-backlit HANNSG HL245, is now available to buy online.

With a 23.6 inch anti-glare display at a 16:9 ratio, the monitor is capable of Full HD playback at a native resolution of 1920 x 1080. A dynamic contrast ratio of 15000000:1 should deliver deep, cinematic blacks, making this monitor a decent screen for Blu-ray buffs.

A monitor this big with LED credentials normally would set you back a fair few pennies, but at £135.39 from ebuyer.com, the HANNSG HL245 is relatively affordable.

The main specs are as follows:

Display Size: 23.6" Widescreen
Brightness: 250cd/m2
Contrast Ratio (typ.): 1000:1
X-Contrast (dyn.) :15000000:1
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Response Time: 5ms (typ.)
Display Colours: 16.7M
Display Surface: Anti Glare
Viewing Angles: H/V 170º/160º
Inputs: VGA, Audio, DVI-D (HDCP)
Energy Star rating: 5.0
Dimensions (mm): 560 (w) x 405 (d) x 200 (h)
Tilt: -5º~15º


If there's one unifying factor between all current desktop displays, it's that they need some sort of wired power connection before the screen will fire up. That may not be the case for much longer however, as Fujitsu showed off the world's first truly wireless display at CeBIT 2011 this morning.

The 22 inch screen has neither video nor power cables connecting it to a PC. Instead it uses a wireless data and power transmission protocol known as Smart Universal Power Access (SUPA).

Working on a similar principle to a Powermat or HP Touchstone, the Fujitsu wireless monitor will use magneto-induction and inductive charging to transfer both power and data to the screen. A wireless USB connection between PC and monitor will sync the two together, with the screen powered by inductive charge mats built into your desk. It will allow the user in a limited capability to move the screen around an office (providing there are more compatible workstations available, and no further than 10 metres from the paired PC) without needing to untangle a mess of wiring first.

Though only in the prototype stages at the moment, Fujitsu are looking to have a commercially avaialble model ready for B2B sale by next year. And while talks are already in place concerning implementation in public transport services such as trains and planes, they expect it to be the best part of a decade before the technology is widespread in the home.

Hit the video above to take a look.

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It was never all that realistic to ask us to get up from behind our computers anyway, so at least there's an app that realises this. F.Lux software will change the light on your computer depending on the time of day, imitating natural daylight patterns.

Computer screens have a slightly blue tint, and while this is fine during the day, it can cause problems for those of us who keep tapping away into the night. What happens is this disrupts our production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep cycle, as the light-sensitive pineal gland near the centre of the brain responds to blue light by suppressing melatonin. This keeps us from getting a good night's sleep, or can even cause insomnia.

Enter F.Lux - the free software which will automatically adjust the light as they day wears on. Free to download here, the app will ask you where you live so it can calculate sunrise and sunset; alternatively you can enter a different time zone, handy if you're trying to adjust ahead of a long-haul flight.

The app will also enquire about the light in your room, be it tungsten, halogen, fluorescent or daylight. Based on the information, it adjusts the colour temperature of your screen to mimic the lighting in the room. So there you have it - your computer can now adjust to what goes on outside your window so you don't have to.
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SyncMaster FX2490HD.jpgIf you haven't got the cash (or the space) for both a high-end PC monitor and HD TV, Samsung may have an all-in-one solution to suite your needs in the shape of the SyncMaster FX2490HD.

Doubling up as both a PC monitor and 1080p high-def TV, the SyncMaster FX2490HD squeezes in a TV tuner alongside two HDMI inputs, D-Sub and a SCART socket.

At 24 inches it's a great size for a PC monitor and a decent-sized secondary TV, featuring a 5ms response time, 250 nits of brightness and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1. The set also includes a USB port for media playback, as well as support for 7.1 channel Dolby Digital and DTS audio.

Due for release in both the US and Europe later this month, it seems a tidy little deal at $540 (£339).

Via: Akihabara News

LG R590.jpgLG have announced the launch of a trio of new 3D hardware. From projectors to notebooks, it looks as though LG are setting their 3D sights well beyond merely 3D TVs in your living room.

First up is the LG R590 3D notebook. Featuring a 15.6 inch display and Intel Core i7 processor, it also packs in a NVIDIA GeForce GT335M graphics card, with 1GB of dedicated DDR3 video memory. It'll come with a pair of polarisng glasses thrown in for the 3D content (much like the ones used in cinemas) and will feature TriDef real-time 2D-to-3D video conversion software.

Next up is the W63D monitor, aimed squarely at gamers. Full HD, it has a 70,000:1 contrast ratio and 120 Hz refresh rate. It also features a "G-Mode" gaming option, which intelligently controls brightness to reduce eye-strain.

Last up is the CF3D projector. The worlds first polarized glasses 3D projector capable of transmitting full HD 3D images through a single lens, it can throw out images 200 inches in size with a 3D brightness rating of 1250 ANSI lumens (2500 in 2D) with a 7,000:1 contrast ratio. It generously ships with 6 pairs of polarised glasses too, meaning the whole family can get in on the 3D action.

The LG R590 3D notebook is launching first in Japan, with a global release in the next few weeks. The other two items should be rolling out in the near future.

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